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Chinese Government punishes Heilongjiang priests

Chinese Government punishes Heilongjiang priests

by: UCAnews - Harbin in Reporters,

Reprisals against clergy who resisted illicit ordination. The Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Harbin where the illicit ordination took place on July 6. The government is exacting revenge against seven priests in Heilongjiang province who resisted the illicit episcopal ordination of Father Joseph Yue Fusheng in Harbin earlier this month, local Church sources say.

Oxford University record donation cuts fees for poorest

Oxford University record donation cuts fees for poorest

by: Sean Coughlan - BBC education correspondent in Reporters,

Oxford University will use a record donation to abolish the tuition fee increase for its poorest students - keeping fees at £3,500 per year. In a bid to remove financial barriers, eligible students will also receive funding for all their living costs. Earlier this week, the university admissions service, Ucas, published figures showing that applications had fallen by 8.9%, raising concerns that potential students were being deterred by the increase in fees.

“Ireland Stand Up”

“Ireland Stand Up”

by: Michael Kelly - The Catholic World Report in Reporters,

  96,000 postcards have been sent to Ireland’s prime minister protesting the closing of country’s Embassy to the Holy See.  The Irish Government is coming under increased pressure to reverse a controversial decision to close the country’s Embassy to the Holy See.-

An Adopted Boy's Immigrant Dream: To sail Home to Ethiopia.

An Adopted Boy's Immigrant Dream: To sail Home to Ethiopia.

by: Marcello Giordani - LA STAMPA/Worldcrunch in Reporters,

In Italy, an otherwise happy 13-year-old Ethiopian boy set out last week from his adoptive home with perilous plans to journey by land and sea back to Africa. He headed south, adrift for five days in southern Italy, but ultimately didn't get too far.

Blessed John Henry Newman and Westminster Abbey Depicted on Vatican Stamp

Blessed John Henry Newman and Westminster Abbey Depicted on Vatican Stamp

by: Peter Jennings in Reporters,

The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster said: “The Papal Visit to the UK remains a moment of great importance and a vivid memory. This stamp helps many people to reflect further on the role of faith today. The depiction of Blessed John Henry Newman alongside Pope Benedict XVI signals an affinity of mind and an encouragement in our study and proclamation of our faith.”

Jarrow Jobless Marchers To Reach London

Jarrow Jobless Marchers To Reach London

by: Becky Johnson, Sky News in Reporters,

Hundreds of young people are expected to march through London later to highlight the problem of youth unemployment. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 911,000 people in the UK under the age of 24 are currently out of work. That has risen from from 367,000 a decade ago. The protesters have an appointment at Downing Street to hand in a petition signed by tens of thousands of disaffected young people.

Vatican calls for reflection after Gaddafi death

Vatican calls for reflection after Gaddafi death

by: Vatican Radio in Reporters,

The news of the death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi marks the end of a much too long and tragic phase of a brutal struggle to bring down a harsh and oppressive regime.  This dramatic event obliges us yet again to reflect on the immense toll of human suffering which accompanies the affirmation and collapse of any system which is not based on the respect and dignity of the human person, but rather on the prevailing affirmation of power.

Dale Farm eviction starts with violence in the biggest traveller site in Europe

Dale Farm eviction starts with violence in the biggest traveller site in Europe

by: BBC in Reporters,

The eviction, which could cost up to £18m, marks the end of a 10-year battle between travellers, who bought a former scrapyard on green belt land in 2001 and established their caravans there, and the council. More travellers joined them and some semi-permanent chalet dwellings were built. Over the past few days, travellers and their supporters have reinforced the perimeter of the 49 illegal plots at the site. 

To meet people  and to speak to them about God

To meet people and to speak to them about God

by: L'Osservatore Romano in Reporters,

 Even though this journey is an official visit which will consolidate the good relations existing between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Holy See, I have not come here primarily to pursue particular political or economic goals, as other statesmen do, but rather to meet people and to speak to them about God. I am pleased, therefore, to see such a large turnout of German citizens here. Many thanks!

Turmoil on stock markets persists.- So what do the fluctuations mean for you?

Turmoil on stock markets persists.- So what do the fluctuations mean for you?

by: Kevin Peachey - BBC in Reporters,

 All those red numbers on stock market boards may appear to be a strange and mysterious mix of data to many people. But the story they are telling at present will be affecting anyone. So is it time to panic then? What about somebody who is about to retire? How long will this volatility go on for? Should I be worried about my savings?

Fewer teenagers drinking alcohol

Fewer teenagers drinking alcohol

by: BBC in Reporters,

There have been falls in the numbers of teenagers drinking, smoking and taking drugs in England, a survey suggests. The report surveyed 7,296 pupils from 246 schools. A Department of Health spokesperson said: "There is no room for complacency. Dangerous drug use, alcohol misuse and smoking are still major problems that need to be tackled and we will continue to do so."

Rally seeks unity among religious groups

Rally seeks unity among religious groups

by: ucanews in Reporters,

 An inter-denominational rally was staged in Colombo recently in a bid to bring the nation’s Christians closer together.  As well as being a celebration of diversity, some observers believe the event may have had an underlying agenda: to calm tensions that have arisen lately and which could escalate in future over forced conversions.

Irish PM in unprecedented attack on Vatican

Irish PM in unprecedented attack on Vatican

by: BBC in Reporters,

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has launched an unprecedented attack on the Catholic Church in parliament.  Enda Kenny said the relationship between church and state in Ireland could not be the same again. 

More than 6,000 schools face teacher strike action In UK

More than 6,000 schools face teacher strike action In UK

by: BBC - Katherine Sellgren in Reporters,

"Nothing can replace the great teaching offered by gifted professionals, but I would far rather see schools stayed open and offered a restricted curriculum than see hard-working families have to lose a day's pay themselves or have to pay for ad hoc and expensive last-minute childcare."

Global communication online

Global communication online

by: Fabio Colagrande in Reporters,

“The Church has something to learn from bloggers”, that is, from those who communicate through the internet, beginning “with their way of freely expressing themselves in an up-to-date language”. Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli.

Sacred art needs more attention in China

Sacred art needs more attention in China

by: ucanews in Reporters,

The Beijing diocese began its Year of Evangelization in April, she said, adding that “we believe sacred art can play a certain role in evangelization.”Too few people in mainland China devote themselves to sacred art. “By organizing the exhibition we hope to attract more artists to create works rooted in Christian themes, as well as to provide a platform for encouraging more works by artists already engaged in this field.”

Madrid’s Restaurants Collaborating with WYD

Madrid’s Restaurants Collaborating with WYD

by: in Reporters,

Pilgrims will eat in restaurants throughout the city. Young people attending World Youth Day (WYD) the third week of August will benefit from the restaurant network of the Greater Madrid Area, thanks to an agreement with the FEHRCAREM (Association of Modern Restaurant Chains) restaurant association.